Ex­tend the curfew and al­low peo­ple to go home or at least find their pri­vate, un­in­ter­rupted space when:

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The group has al­ready been formed; The work to be done is clear, de­liv­er­ables spec­i­fied and the group has es­sen­tially com­pleted a team char­ter;

Sta­tus dif­fer­ences ex­ist that might stif le the in­put of younger, less se­nior peo­ple and their in­put is needed – for ex­am­ple, when teams meet vir­tu­ally, merit is the big­gest de­ter­mi­nant of inf lu­ence (not per­sonal charisma); and

Par­tic­i­pa­tion is un­even – for ex­am­ple,

Leigh Thompson is a pro­fes­sor of dis­pute res­o­lu­tion and or­gan­i­sa­tions at North­west­ern Univer­sity’s Kel­logg School of Man­age­ment. She is the au­thor, most re­cently, of Cre­ative Con­spir­acy: The New Rules of Break­through Col­lab­o­ra­tion.

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